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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 1, 2011 10:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Set 1

Dancing In The Street
Dupree's Diamond Blues
Walkin' Blues
Jack-A-Roe
My Brother Esau
Stagger Lee
Let It Grow ->
Keep Your Day Job

If you saw a set list in 1969 begin w/ Dancin' into Dupree's, the next song could be Mountains of the Moon, and then, The Suite. But, it's none of that. Welcome to Merriweather '85, Monday night, and one of the All-Time train wreck openers. Just keep moving along. Nothing -really- to see.
I love Jerry's first solo in Dupree's. Then, comes the worst Fozzie of the tour (so far). If you can make it beyond that, it's a respectable finish. Too high a hurdle for me.
Walkin' Blues has a very odd beginning. I kinda like it. Phil is the heavy and Weir is singing different lyrics. Ears up. I like Bobby here. Now, Micky and/or Billy is thumping on that bass drum, joining Phil down the bottom. Time is wasted on Brent's solo, but Bobby's is hot, with a tiny bit of funk. I love when Jerry goes in and Bobby says come right in, baby. You got chops tonight? Bobby is Huge. Hey, you Bobby fans. This be some of the primo. Forget the song title and give a listen. Who is having a conversation at the end of the song?
A well performed Jack w/ a nod again to Bobby and to Jerry (except closing vocals). I like the brisk pace. More jamming would be better, and there was so much potential for that, but it would never be. You can really hear the stage chatter. Who is saying what to whom?
Lord! Esau! What a start. Phil is huge. I love the dueling guitars. Bobby's singing is spot on. I don't know why he stopped playing this. Even post GD. It's a great song. One of my favs.' Shadow Boxing the apocalypse and wandering the land.' Maybe that was Cormack McCarty's inspiration for 'The Road'?
I'm going to put a review in from ngpg (under T. Suraci's source), "Stagger Lee, however, is an amazing, glorious and rather hilarious comeback: Garcia completely fucks up the song, putting the last verse before the part where Delia D. shoots Stagger Lee in the balls. This is not a mistake you're allowed to make with ANY ballad, especially this one! But he just goes ahead and does the ball-shooting verse after, and then repeats the last verse, quiets the song down, and then goes into the refrain with such verve and gusto that you'd think the verses were meant to be sung in that order. This is true artistic ingenuity and comping on the fly... " Great review, but I don't quite get it, b/c this Stagger Lee is terrible! Saratoga is much better. But, 'aint it amazing the diversity of opinion among us. On a first set song.
Bobby whips up a LIG and you get a good feeling right away. Phil at it again. Carpets of Phil. He tries to push the pace @ 2:19, but is denied. Garcia picks the pace up. His guitar sounds so beautiful as he slashes away at this song. Micky will be heard, but Phil is everywhere. What a jam! Excellent Grateful Dead music. It quiets down @ 7'(sort of), so Bobby picks up the gantlet, but Jerry is on his tail. Distortion in the first set! I love it. This song and both Estimated Prophet's are the big surprises for the tour. All three, among others, are in the top 1%.
Who has energy for this after that LIG? I don't. DJ is O.K.

Set 2

Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain
Playing In The Band ->
Uncle John's Band ->
Drums ->
Space ->
Dear Mr. Fantasy ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
Good Lovin'

Only S/F of the tour. Who is tuning at the beginning? Scarlet starts off a bit slow. Not nearly as bouncy as I like them. A heavy sounding Scarlet? Jerry's vocal presentation is flat. Unusual. Then Fozzie. After 4:30 the jam begins. Lot of energy but a cold Scarlet. However, an interesting and wonderful transition to Fire. It's like they are carefully counting each step as they begin. Not wasting any time here as Jerry steps up to 'fhr mklkn', or at least that's what I think I hear him sing... Micky asserting himself. It's his song. He really propels this one. Everyone playing very well on their own island. The energy level is nuts so that has really helped with these first two. Great island playing after verse two. The third verse is a little shaky, and you can hear Micky and Bobby try and keep it up. And they do once they clear all the "FOTM" lyrics. The last 2+' are yummy. That's one complicated Fire. Has some issues. ;-) Stage Chatter again.
What happened to the sound? Checking the source info reveals no information. And this is Pianoman's only interaction w/ us folk, so I doubt any answers are forthcoming. Maybe something happened on site that night ? Static here and there. I'm not even talking about the music on the seventh sentence. It's an average PITB through the vocals, but they find each other again, for the first time since the S/F transition, around 3'. But then drift apart. Listening to Jerry as the song flows towards UJB. A unusual PITB. Well played or average?
They don't blow any lines or singing throughout the first jam! Or the whole song. I'm not being sarcastic. I'm impressed. As far as how it sounded.... Jerry bites into his solo immediately. It's fire. It's breathtaking. A little Micky at the end. Oh, why sing? But, they sing every word properly throughout. Amazing. The band cranks out the UJB theme as Jerry power solo's over post vocals. Then he brings it down so quietly. It's creepy, horror show music. The hair stands up on my arms. This is a true 'Spidergawd' gem.
He stays out w/ the drummers for 1:17 making more Ed Wood type music. Drums has enough beat and variation to keep me interested. 6', Micky is hammering the hell out of his drums.
Space is schizophrenic. The first half is boring, but from 4:45 on it most definitely is not. A must listen at least once. I like Weir's loopy guitar and Healy goes far to redeem himself.
I love Dear Mr. Fantasy. Traffic, GD, probably a pub band. But, this is teed up for Brent to crush. Cincy energy here. Excuse me. Merriweather energy here. I'm disappointed w/ Brent's presentation I must say. But, it's not bad at all. The AUD patch from 4:50 to 5:37 hurts.
A few seconds of "What are we doing?', then GDTRFB. Happy music. I really like Billy and Micky here. Oh, Jerry and Bobby aren't half bad ;-) Vocals w/ feeling at the end.
Most Bobby GLove's I pass over, but every once in a while (Augusta '84). To me, once he gets to the rap, not all the crap beforehand, is when the song begins. This one goes through all it's paces quite well to get to Bobby's moment which begins @ 4:58. I love the call and response w/Jerry. Bobby's talking politics and war tonight, but I don't understand him. I do understand "Push back the night" and "Even a blind man knows...". By far not among the best I've heard, but I bet folks there thought it was a Dream-sickle.

Encore
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction ->
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

Is that Phil thanking the audience? I don't like Satisfaction, or The Rolling Stones. The reason this encore is in it's own category is that it's one of the best doubles of the '80's. Crazy, crazy energy, so I'm forgetting about the Mick (?) guy. There is Phil. Missed him in the second set. I can imagine lots of crazy dancing during this song. Weirdly, a climax of the tour. That June '85 energy is here in abundance. Wanna dance? (Not w/ me, to the song.)
Jerry sang Baby Blue for most of his career. There are '66 ones , so it's a span of almost 30 years that he played it. This is not perfect. (What year do you think this is?) But, it's quite affecting. And has is own feel.

So Merriweather ends. A much better 2 day layover than Alpine Valley. You folks who went were treated to some excellent music. (And not.)

I had a most difficult time choosing a source. I looked at the one I choose. Too bright? Charlie's. Too bass oriented? Hunter. Too hollow? I even considered a few AUD's. This one does the job best,

http://www.archive.org/details/gd85-07-01.composite.torbjorn.17350.sbeok.shnf

Here are all of them,

http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Grateful+Dead%22+AND+date%3A1985-07-01*

See you tomorrow as we end up in Pittsburgh.

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Poster: hseamons Date: Jul 1, 2011 12:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

"TOO HOLLOW"!? Goddammit, michah6vs8! While every write-up has been masterful thus far, your scathing review here of my tedious and delicate work is one of the most asinine and short-sighted remarks I've come across on this site. I suggest you re-evaluate the sources after you have gone through a box or two of these for a week:

http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/1083/419nd4tdyzlss500.jpg

Not only have you disrespected me here, but you have royally dissed Charlie Miller and his exacting work on his Merriweather transfer. "Too bass-oriented?" Are you fucking kidding me? As if we can't get ENOUGH bass in these '85 recordings that are otherwise worthless hack-job efforts by Dan Healy - with his truly wacked-out and brittle high-end mixing. I'm not sure what kind of drugs he was getting into, but you can tell he did not have his A-Game on for summer '85 tour. It's only thanks to people like me and Charlie that we can even APPROACH these recordings again without getting a serious migraine or acute nausea.

By the way - what kind of sound system do you actually review this stuff on??? I would suggest that after you get through the box of Q-Tips and get off whatever that crap is you have been smoking that you make a small investment on decent speakers and do a little research on the BASICS of EQ settings for standard playback. Comprende? Get your act and shit together. peace.

JHS

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jul 5, 2011 6:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Late to the Party, but I brought 2 cents...

Hey, people, since when was calling something "too hollow" a bad thing?

Now it is ME who is insulted.

You all aspire to attain the hollowness that encompasses my every thought and utterance. To be "too hollow" is to have found Shangri-la and then said "Eh, seen better."

You are all pretentious bastards with self-inflated egos parading around this place in an eternal pissing contest to see who is more insightful and pithy. I don't understand why you don't just surrender to the fact that none shall ever be as "hollow" as I.

Damn, I take a break from you freaks and all hell breaks loose.

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Poster: vapors Date: Jul 1, 2011 1:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Hunter, I have always been willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, but now I can see why folks get on you. I enjoy your work a lot and chose them for a couple of nights on micah’s guided re-tour.

It’s just a write up, almost done. Why muck it up?

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Poster: hseamons Date: Jul 1, 2011 1:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Frankly, I just could not accept all of the low-blows michah has been dishing out at me in these daily write-ups. Yes, I may be paranoid, highly emotional, and only slightly egotistical, but I would address the very same question to michah as you have addressed to me.

What it also comes down to is that I, for a long time, would be extra nice and careful towards people around here, despite all the potshots aimed towards me. Now I have learned that being the nice guy has very little rewards. Now I've become jaded and embittered by it all, and my ugliness is the result of YOUR treatment of me. If I'm no longer the nice guy I used to be, it's because YOU GUYS did it to me.

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Poster: vapors Date: Jul 1, 2011 1:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Low-blows? I think you might add delusional to that list.

Let the music be its own reward.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 1, 2011 2:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Hunter,I think the general consensus of the sane people here on the forum would be that Micah is a very nice fellow,not prone to mean comments,and that you are a touchy,self absorbed,prima dona who cannot be criticized.
I would also like to say that no one owes you any thanks for adding crowd noise to a tape that someone else worked hard to make,we owe the original tapers the thanks.To put yourself on the same level as Charlie or any of the other fine folks who put transfers up here and elsewhere is insulting to the tedious and good work they do,once again you add crowd noise to existing sources.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 1, 2011 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Oh come on...

Speaking as someone who can give a fair rendition of sanity when called upon to do so, I'd like to distance myself from your po-faced 'general consensus'. Micah, for all his manifest faults (he can do mean as well as anybody when the notion takes him), will, I have no doubt, find Hunter's post just as funny as I did. I mean, really, you guys need to get a grip, pull your heads out of your rear ends, and lighten the fuck up.

Thank you.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 1, 2011 4:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh come on...

Murray break your heart? I'm sure Nadal is a heart breaker in more ways than one. Damn, I was looking forward to asking you what Scotch you were going to enjoy Sunday night.
Your right Rob. I can be as mean as hell. More of your unflinching realism, which can be as fun as emptying latrines all day in the Amazon.
It's what you do after one's unkindness that I think is the key.

btw- http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/




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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 1, 2011 4:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh come on...

Ah, young Murray... started off with such promise but was eclipsed by the better man. The final is going to be a show. As to Scotch (or any other alcoholic beverage) I'm taking a break from it right now.

Do you have actual experience of Amazonian latrine emptying? It's the kind of daft activity I'd believe of you. Go on, tell me Seamons made you smile.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 1, 2011 4:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh come on...

It was good satire. I think it's still a bit ambiguous. Which is good. Also, less may be more, (but when your having fun).

(Hunter, I am timing your response time ;-)

Rob, you picture me, w/ a faith based group, hauling shit in the Amazon for salvation? That's easy. I have to have a 50% conversion rate here on IA. Talk about a tough crowd. Your folder is at least an inch think (others are far worse).

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 1, 2011 5:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh come on...

I'm with you on the 'less is more' - HS can over=egg it just a smidgen, but then maybe that's what gives it that deliciously rich ambiguity.

Of course I don't really imagine you shovelling shit to save your soul, but if you have a folder just for me, that would truly make you one extremely weird bastard.

:-)

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 1, 2011 5:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh come on...

And I'm sure, much more confused then I already am.

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Poster: splue Date: Jul 1, 2011 6:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oh come on

u guys r both practicly rocket scientologists compared 2 me!!! micah will u plz keep trak of my folder, its a real mess!!!?

http://ia600603.us.archive.org/33/items/SUCKY_VEEDIO_DISORDER_by_SPLUE/7.jpg

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Poster: gsgrateful Date: Jul 2, 2011 9:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Never Trust a Prankster!!!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 1, 2011 1:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Ummm... Dan? Uncle J? It's irony, yes? Humour - you remember that? It's about not taking yourself that tiny bit too seriously. You know what I mean? Hunter knows.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jul 1, 2011 3:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Well, if that was humor, I missed it... called him asinine and short-sighted...

Movin' on...

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Poster: hseamons Date: Jul 1, 2011 3:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

This was no attempt at humor. And I said his REMARK was asinine and short-sighted. Don't twist my words around. If michah6vs8 feels any level of consternation based on my post, think about how I have felt when someone has ridiculed me when I simply want to share something new I've worked on and that I am excited about, like my essay on why the matrix sound structure is a reflection of the Four Winds; or my FB page that is strangely discordant with the number of Likes that the GD FB page has received; or my post regarding some cosmological significance to the fact that there is a Miller/Seamons Rd. intersection in Rock Island, Tennessee; or just my simple YouTube post of "Babe, It Ain't No Lie" with a matrix soundtrack last week, whereupon I am called a "self-important asshole" and am accused of boasting more than ever?

Can't I share my work and ideas here like anybody else without being shot down? I should have that right like anybody else. The hatefulness that has been expressed toward me is just as cruel as if I went to an outdoor screening of Hitchcock's "39 Steps" in New York, only for someone to intentionally spill a glass of wine on my wife, and then for others to mockingly take pictures of us and want to lynch me and hang me from the highest tree. But in spite of these few hateful people, I know the rest of the people here have more kindness in their hearts than that. Sometimes you get a few bad apples, but I will learn to love these people.........sorry, I'm starting to cry right now because of how horrible such things are to happen to me - but I will persevere - "I will get by" - with courage...and love. Goodnight.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 1, 2011 4:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Bravo, Seamons. Bravo.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jul 1, 2011 6:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Neither humor nor paranoia. It's merely an attempt at a matrix of a forum thread. This thread had insufficient crowd noise, so Hunter generated some.

At least, that's my theory, and I'm sticking with it ...

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 1, 2011 7:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

LOL!!!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 1, 2011 6:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Well played.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 1, 2011 7:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Goodness. What a thread.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 1, 2011 6:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Well, someone else showed late to the "party" besides me, huh?!

Hmmm, I am just not on top of this any more...curious--were you around when the PM biz was going on? If you don't know that I mean by that, don't sweat it...I am getting damn old, damn fast, and this place is just one more indication of that truth.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jul 1, 2011 7:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Late? Hey, it's not even 8 a.m. Doing my morning reading here. What's up in current events ... hmmm, Maria files for divorce, Strauss-Kahn is back in the running for President of France, and 7/1/85 either does or does not have too much bass. (Easy answer: There is never such a thing as too much bass.)

I caught the I'm-quitting-as-PM hullaballoo. I assume there was some kind of history to the PM thing, but sorry, I missed that!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 1, 2011 8:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

This truism, ie, about bass, is one reason I love CREAM. But, I won't blather on about that...for now. And yes, I know it's bright and early for you, and late, very late for Rob, but that's about as much as I know on such matters, other than SDH is sweaty, very sweaty right now--and for no real reason other than it's what we "do" out West nowadays.

Probably Al Gore's fault for discovering global warming.

Maybe my post will be removed for not using "perspiration"?

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jul 1, 2011 8:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Yeah, I'd probably like Cream. I mean, CREAM. Not really familiar with them. Sorry, I know that's sacrilege. (But ya know how it is with us young'uns :-) )

Hereabouts it's hot and wet, so we live in front of the fan, which can run because it's raining. Very basic equation: Snowmelt (heat) plus monsoon (wet squared) equals electricity. Not many tourists, except for Indians, who come to escape the heat. That goes in the "everything is relative" category. Kinda like "Best Crypticals of '85."

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 2, 2011 3:32am
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You are still cracking me up, best crypticals of '85!

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Poster: vapors Date: Jul 1, 2011 4:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Can I buy us all some ice cream now?
I mean, this was the last show I was to see until the following spring.
I learned a lot about myself on this tour – thanks for the ride Micah.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 1, 2011 4:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

Sounds like a plan, Dan, and Rocky Road seems an appropriate choice for this journey - a little (marsh)mellow and plenty of nuts.

:-)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 1, 2011 6:36pm
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Ice cream? We get ice cream after this? Damn--Dire never followed through after a blowup with this sorta thing; that mangy excuse for a mutt,...oh, I don't even know why I bother; he's not gonna show, eh? Insults, attacks--even compliments fail to bring him out of hiding these days.

Good night, Rob.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jul 1, 2011 6:46pm
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So, I take it that you're more of an Early Era Forum Thread guy ...

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Poster: high flow Date: Jul 2, 2011 11:42pm
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Yeah, we miss the Wolf don't we?

Hang in there man. The list of posters I'm willing to spend my precious time reading has dwindled. I always thought that would be result of posts getting too facebooky, but the truth is the humorless/windbag to intelligent/funny ratio is all jacked up.

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Poster: vapors Date: Jul 1, 2011 2:05pm
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It isn’t always easy for me to tell.
But thanks once again.
:)

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 2, 2011 9:00pm
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lurking in pentaforte

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Jul 1, 2011 2:10pm
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You take yourself WAY too seriously...

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 1, 2011 2:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: To dogs

RIP LORENZO! I was in the brickyard that night!!!! - and front row baseline at the Omni in Atlanta for each of those ACC Tourney games that started the Cardiac Pack's run.

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Jul 1, 2011 3:00pm
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Yeah - it's kind of sad. Apparently he had become a big part of the Duke athletic community in the last few years.
So far they haven't been able to determine a cause for the crash... heart attack maybe?
Met him once at State - he had the BIGGEST hands of anyone I have ever met. He shook my hand and it was like I was a little baby hand in his.
Cool guy - some issues along the way, but a trely good person.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jul 1, 2011 12:57pm
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down boy, easy now.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 1, 2011 7:06pm
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That's really funny, switching the verses in Stagger Lee! no, it really doesn't come out all right if you tell that story backwards, but it's really funny that he just carries on with as much feeling and enthusiasm as if he weren't making absolutely no sense.

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Jul 1, 2011 4:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Merriweather 7 - 1 -85

My quick take on the previous 3 -

Hershey I did not enjoy all that much. The Dew kind of saved the show, but the set-list was not great, and the playing was on the flat side. A brutal day as well back in '85. First set from 6-30 is weak, but I agree with strat, a good 2nd. Shakedown, He's Gone, and TOO are all best of '85 versions (I know, means nothing to some).

07/01/85 is the best of the three imo. Dancin was a fun way to start those '85 shows, as lackluster as it was. Stagger is also fun, and the Let It Grow is very good, possibly the best of the 80's. 2nd set is all pretty solid with maybe the most enjoyable Mr Fantasy I ever saw. I liked the '85 Baby Blues to end the show, and this one is good. Two fun nights down in Maryland after the disaster in Pa.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jul 1, 2011 4:05pm
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what the hell is going on in this thread?

anyways, I've always gravitated to the best sounding boards without the matrix effect, miller is my go to...

07-01-85 is nice, prefer 06-30 myself Scarlet Fire is worth a listen, good moments in Playin'.

all the sources sound hollow, too bass oriented and smell like garlic...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 1, 2011 6:17pm
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"what the hell is going on in this thread?"

Got me...it used to be a little more straightforward what crossing the Forum Line of Misbehavior was all about; assume I am just not keeping up, but if this is all we got for a dog fight, we gotta get Dire and Telephone Toughguy back in the ring.

I do hope my folder's a big one--if nobody's watching what you're doing, why bother, ya know? You have to hope it's of interest to someone, somewhere.